New sup’t. to survey public opinion

Fayette Superintendent Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Incoming Fayette County Superintendent Jody Barrow will not be on the job until July 1 but he is already wanting to hear from residents on a stakeholder input survey available on the school system’s website.

“I subscribe to the idea of seeking first to understand, then to be understood. I’ve used this (survey) approach before. So I wanted to reach out to the stakeholders,” Barrow said Monday. “I’ve researched the school system from the outside, now I want to research it from the inside out to get a better picture.”

Barrow will officially begin his job on July 1. In order to help chart the future direction of the school system, he is asking all stakeholders including students, parents, employees and the community to provide their thoughts, ideas and suggestions regarding various aspects of the school system, said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

The 10-question online survey is posted on the school system’s website at www.fcboe.org through May 31. Questions are open-ended, giving respondents the opportunity to describe their views of each topic, Berry-Dreisbach said.

Berry-Dreisbach said the information collected will be used to develop organizational plans and procedures, as well as for mapping out a sense of direction for the school system. Barrow in promoting the survey said he places a high degree of importance on the feedback received from the stakeholders in the school system and community.

Noting that the survey is but the first occasion to reach out to stakeholders, Barrow said he comes to Fayette County with no preconceived notions.

“I expect a range of input,” Barrow said of the survey. “I really want to hear what people have to say.”

Barrow was hired April 29.

The survey asks for input on issues such as the important qualities a superintendent should demonstrate, a description of the student population, the school system’s major strengths and major weaknesses, thoughts on student discipline and attendance, input on the college and career readiness of Fayette graduates, and a wish list of items for the superintendent and school board to do or not do.

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May 8 Article?

Is there a mistake? Where is this survey?

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The 10-question online survey is posted on the school system’s website at www.fcboe.org through May 31.

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The article was dated May 8. I checked the website - and must have missed the survey. Today is June 21. May 31 is history. Is the survey still there? What is it listed as? Why have this article from May 8 posted on June 21? Thanks.

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The article was posted on May 8. But the way this website works is if someone posts a comment on June 20th it becomes active again. The survey was there on the dates stated. I took it. But I'm sure it's gone now.

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I just hope he actually "listens" to the comments on the survey from "the inside out" and does something to better the educational system in this county.

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Let's see--Management By Survey---so how did that work for Peachtree City?

Just where do surveys fit into Principles of Leadership?

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Let's see--Management By Survey---so how did that work for Peachtree City?

It works only as well as management wants it too. A company that I used to work for tried this. One of the questions was what can management do to improve. The workers said communicate more. So management decided that the answer to this was to place the company newsletter in more locations so that employees could locate it better!!!! True story!! LOL

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